Being labelled with a serious illness can cause psychological distress.
New tests may mean more people are diagnosed, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be helped by the label or the treatment. Here are five markers that overdiagnosis may be occuring.
You’re another year older but that doesn’t have to mean poorer health.
As you age, your body deteriorates and your risk of disease and injury increases. Here's a decade by decade guide to what you're up against – and what you can do about it.
Many people associate the word cancer with major illness or death.
Labelling very low-risk conditions as cancers can cause unnecessary anxiety and lead to overtreatment.
A blood test can reveal whether the level of a protein produced by prostate cells is elevated.
Prostate cancer is the second deadliest cancer among men, but not all types of the disease are as deadly as others. That has led to confusion over screening. An expert explains why new guidelines make sense.
Many men who have prostate cancer will die with it, rather than of it.
Since the 1980s, PSA tests have been used for the diagnosis and follow-up of prostate cancer. However, its use as a screening test for prostate cancer remains controversial.
Scientists have made advances in developing a new type of blood test to detect eight of the most common cancers.
Liquid biopsy is less invasive than standard biopsy, where a needle is put into a solid tumour to confirm a cancer diagnosis.
There are currently few effective and non-invasive methods to screen for early stages of cancer. But scientists have now developed a new blood test that promises to detect eight different cancers.
Women who’ve never had a Pap smear or who’ve skipped a few don’t need to miss out on cervical screening. For the first time, some can take their own sample if that makes them feel more comfortable.
For the first time, some Australian women will be eligible to collect their own sample for cervical screening. While it's not as accurate as one from a GP or nurse, it could still save your life.
More mammography, for instance, starting at a younger age or screening more often, isn’t necessarily better.
Calls to routinely offer breast cancer screening to more women might sound like a good idea, but can harm. Here are three questions to ask when figuring out whether more screening really is better.
Two new studies are bursting the bubble about the value of screening men for prostate cancer.
Two major studies cast doubt on the value of screening for prostate cancer, yet it continues regardless.
Women are confused about what changes to the cervical screening program will mean for their sexual health.
There is a lot of misinformation about the government's new cervical cancer screening program that involves less frequent tests. Here are the facts.
I recently had a colonoscopy, an invasive medical procedure to examine the bowel, and was hugely relieved to get the all-clear. I posted a description of my experience to my friends on Facebook and got…
Women are confused about how the new test for human papillomavirus (HPV), pictured here, will help them prevent cervical cancer. Let’s fix that.
The roll-out of a new screening program for cervical cancer has been delayed, leaving Australian women understandably confused about if or when they need Pap smears. Here's what they need to know.
It’s normal for breasts to be a little bit lumpy.
Women are told it's important to self-check their breasts. But is this true?
Unhealthy lifestyles lead to chronic diseases later in life.
Almost three in four Australian children consume too much sugar, 91.5% of young people don't get enough exercise, and we're among the most obese people in the world.
Nothing to be embarrassed about.
Too many people literally are dying of embarrassment.
Rectal examinations are less accurate than blood tests, missing more cancer and causing more false alarms.
In news which may come as a relief to apprehensive men and short-fingered doctors alike, guidelines are now changing.
Screening may save lives but it comes with a cost - and sometimes unbearable decisions - that shouldn't be underestimated.
The many presentations of breast cancer.
Breast cancer by Shutterstock
Long gone are the days when breast cancer was seen as a tumour with an underlying relationship with oestrogen. The picture is much more complex.
Billions were expected to be saved from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – but surprisingly the budget only outlines $252 million in savings.
The big surprise about this year’s health budget was what wasn’t there – billions of dollars in expected savings from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.